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Poster: A/V Geek Skip Date: May 23, 2005 6:41am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: everyone qualifies for Open Source Movies

I think that Open Source Movies needs some sub-sections. Things like Music Videos, Documentary, Home Video, Comedy, etc. Then each sub-section could have its own main page and forum.

Also I think that each collection's main page should have a random program spotlighted along with a the staff spotlighted program. That way more programs would get exposure.

The star rating system is too subjective. How about something where folks can recommend other programs - sort of like Amazon's "people who liked this book, also liked these other books". I would tend to follow such recommendations more than a star rating.

If you do want to have a rating system, how about breaking it into two ratings - one for the file's (video/audio) quality, the other rating the content. That way collection curators could search for low quality files and try to find higher quality replacements.

Also, I'd love to see pages and moderated forums specifically for teachers, professors and educational professionals where they can share lesson plans and recommendations for the material found at the Internet Archive.

Just some thoughts...
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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffDiana Hamilton Date: May 23, 2005 10:49am
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: Re: everyone qualifies for Open Source Movies

The star rating system is too subjective. How about something where folks can recommend other programs - sort of like Amazon's "people who liked this book, also liked these other books". I would tend to follow such recommendations more than a star rating.

I would *love* to see something like "What's related?" like what Amazon has (wha- hey, didn't you have something to do with that, Brewster?) That feature probably governs half my purchases at Amazon.

In the LMA section too for instance, where people would like a content-related way to look at the collection, that would be great. Keywords or Style classifications would work less well in there because many of the improvisational bands are hard to classify neatly.

This post was modified by Diana Hamilton on 2005-05-23 17:49:48

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Poster: Madhavananda Date: May 23, 2005 7:40pm
Forum: opensource_movies Subject: "What's related?"

I would *love* to see something like "What's related?" like what Amazon has (wha- hey, didn't you have something to do with that, Brewster?) That feature probably governs half my purchases at Amazon.

Would certainly be neat. We'd then want to use cookies to track this?

Also, it'd probably have to be more along the lines of "People who downloaded this also visited...", since I don't think there's a method for tracking down FTP downloads based on the page visit. Unless you tie up the FTP server logs with an IP record of the page visitor, which is probably a bit overkill. Or otherwise, one could just track that based on HTTP file downloads, which is certainly better than nothing.

What's the ratio for HTTP / FTP downloads, anyway?